The NFL will forever be a quarterback’s league…but it’s nice if you can get a really crazy linebacker or two …or big guys up front.
The Los Angeles Rams have tried so many times and failed at drafting the big time quarterback. No offense to Sam Bradford a fine college quarterback and a decent NFL quarterback riddled by injuries, but the Rams just haven’t had success but they went all in on Thursday night on Cal’s Jared Goff.
At No. 2 the Eagles selected another quarterback North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.
Both had incredible collegiate careers (Goff set 26 school records and 2 Pac-12 passing records) and no doubt passed all the physical tests that NFL scouts, general managers and the like like to see before dishing out the franchise. Wentz has the NFL pro-type body at six-foot-five. But none the less, it’s still a huge gamble. It speaks that quarterback’s are still scarce.
Still many think that head coach Jeff Fisher may or may not be pulling the whole over our eyes about Goff’s pro potential in an effort to bring the needed excitement with the No. 1 pick.
“Jared has a skill-set that is special,” Fisher said via Rams.com.
“He sees, he’s got a quick release, he understands the quarterback position. He’s going to get rid of the football. He’s extremely competitive. Once you look at his body of work in the red zone in college — the scoring area, it’s impressive.”
The red zone in the Pac-12 and the NFL are totally different.
Still, it’s a calculated gamble for the Rams in that they are in a new city trying to market hope and excitement for a franchise that has not had any since they acquired a grocery bagger named Kurt Warner.
In Philadelphia, after the debacle of that dude from Oregon, Chip Kelly, anything is needed to give a little hope. NJ.com surveyed a group of fans, and clinging to the memories of Donovan McNab each of the comments posted are glowing of the potential of Wentz in the NFL, without a snap having been recorded.
Ike Reese of 94WIP Sports Radio says, referring to McNabb, “The last time we took a quarterback at this position, he did a pretty good job.”
One fan said, “I’m glad we got Wentz,” He’ll be just like McNabb was — sit for the first four games, then start.”
Nothing jumpstarts hope like a quarterback drafted high in the first-round of the NFL draft.